My interests encompass much of the diversity of animals, but my research has focused primarily on aquatic invertebrates, particularly their behaviours and nervous systems. I’m especially intrigued by how nervous systems control adaptive behaviours – responses appropriate to the cues animals encounter in their natural habitat. That makes me a neuroethologist, but my students and I follow new questions into many other areas of invertebrate zoology. I’m also keenly interested in helping students think like biologists, applying sound analytical skills to understanding organisms, and this pervades both my teaching and approach to mentoring student in research.
My professional info (CV, etc.) is here and contact details are here.
A new Wyeth Lab group photo, celebrating our new t-shirt and new website!
Great to see so many Wyeth Lab students, current and past, helping put on the truly impressive World Ocean Day program organized by Reg Cozzi and Leah Rogers of the StFX Biology Dept.
Upon completing my BSc in Biology at StFX, I went through the typical post-graduate crisis where I didn’t know what to do with my life. Thankfully, Russ took pity on me and I joined the Wyeth lab, primarily researching the effect of UV light exposure on biofouling organisms. I have also been involved with other projects including sea slug behaviour, crow behaviour, antifouling abilities of trout netting, and environmental sequencing of biofilm. I was accepted into the biology MSc program at StFX and will be looking at the effects of contaminants on lobster. I’m excited to be working with my co-supervisors, Russell Wyeth and Jim Williams, over the next 2 years.
Ella has been supported by the Province of Nova Scotia boat harbour remediation project and Nova Scotia Fisheries & Aquaculture
I am originally from Sherbrooke, NS. After two years at Dalhousie, I transferred to StFX and completed my BSc in Biology with a minor in Development Studies in 2017. I joined the Wyeth Lab after graduation and worked primarily researching antifouling options, both commercially available products for aquaculture and UV technology with AML Oceanographic. I am currently a student in the accelerated nursing program here at X, but my love of biology and biofouling has kept me working part-time in the lab during my studies.
Amelia is supported by the StFX University Council for Research and Nova Scotia Fisheries & Aquaculture
I am a fourth year honours biology student at StFX, originally from Sydney, NS. This summer I am working on a project with Alex researching gene expression in the nervous system of Lymnaea. I am excited to get some research experience and learn from everyone in the Wyeth lab. After my undergrad, I’m hoping to take some time to travel and continue my education in hopes of pursuing a career in healthcare.
Carmen is supported by an NSHRF Scotia Scholars grant
I completed my BScH at Acadia University where I started as a Co-op student. I began my research career with an 8-month term at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where I found my interest in molecular biology. I explored this interest during my Honours at Acadia, developing a DNA barcoding protocol for preserved fungal specimens with a side project that involved annotating the mitochondrial genome of the fungus Phialocephala scopiformis. I am excited to now be at StFX solidifying my love for molecular biology in a whole new system – the gastropod nervous system! In the future, I hope to begin a career in private research or continue my graduate studies.
Alex is supported by an NSERC CGS-M and a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship
I am a fourth year student taking a Joint Advanced Major in Biology and Mathematics. Working in lab this summer will be my first time doing research and I am very excited about it! Areej and I are studying Lymnaea snails and how they find food in still water and flowing water environments. I’m originally from Halifax and I’m looking forward to experiencing an Antigonish summer for the first time! After my undergrad degree I’m hoping to continue on to either a Master’s degree or medicine or both.
Hannah is supported in part by a NSHRF Scotia Scholars award and NSERC
Students and post-docs that have spent time, sometime, in the Wyeth Lab!
Patrick O’Brien (research assistant)
Veronica Ells (research assistant, directed studies)
Rebecca Kennedy (research assistant)
Katy Grosicki (Honours)
Sara Livingstone (research assistant, directed studies)
Jonathan Schwarz (research assistant, directed studies)
Ian Carrigan (research assistant, directed studies)
Shauna Ryan (research assistant, Aqua 450)
JP Barry (research assistant, directed studies)
Grace Phillips (Honours)
Bailey Andrea (research assistant, directed studies)
Stephanie Clarke (Honours)
Marissa Webber (Honours)
Emily Kehoe (research assistant)
Tim Govare (research assistant)
Bridget Doan (Honours)
Jimmy Thomson (research assistant, directed studies)
Natika Bock (research technician)
Kieran Murphy (MSc)
Natalia Filip (MSc)
Greg McCullagh (MSc)
Dr. Amanda Pustam